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The name Homer arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is a name for a maker of helmets. Originally the name Homer was derived from the Old French word heumier.

Homer Early Origins



The surname Homer was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Homer Spelling Variations


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Homer Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Homer, Holmer and others.

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Homer Early History


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Homer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Homer research. Another 224 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1279, 1296, 1332, and 1576 are included under the topic Early Homer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Homer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Homer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Homer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Homer or a variant listed above:

Homer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Homer settled in Virginia in 1635
  • James Homer, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Susanna Homer, who landed in Maryland in 1671
  • Nicholas Homer, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Homer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Herbert Homer, who landed in New Jersey in 1730
  • Adam Homer, who landed in New Jersey in 1730
  • Adam Homer settled in New Jersey in 1730
  • John Homer settled in New England in 1754
  • Christian Homer, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1759

Homer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Homer of Freshwater, settled in America in 1812
  • Maria Homer, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Homer, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Homer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Robert Homer was a servant of Battle Harbour in 1795

Homer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Roger Homer was a cooper of Carbonear in 1826

Homer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Homer, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  • Elizabeth Homer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm
  • William Homer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm

Homer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Homer, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874
  • Emily Homer, aged 23, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Soukar" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Homer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Homer (post 1700)



  • Sidney Homer (1864-1953), American classical composer
  • Daryl Homer, American sabre fencer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Louise Homer (1871-1947), American operatic contralto
  • Major-General John Louis Homer (1888-1961), American President of Army Ground Force Board 4 (1948)
  • Winslow Homer (1836-1910), American landscape painter and printmaker from Boston, Massachusetts, known for his wrok with Harper's Weekly Magazine and Ballou's Pictorial Magazine
  • Thomas Percy Homer (b. 1886), English footballer
  • Tom Homer (b. 1990), English rugby union player
  • Frederick Homer, Australian Diplomat

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Homer Historic Events


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Homer Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Arthur Wilfred Homer (1903-1941), Australian Chief Stoker from North Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Harold Homer (b. 1893), English Chief Mechanician serving for the Royal Navy from Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Homer, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Harry Homer, (alias E. Haven), aged 40, American First Class passenger from Indianapolis, Indiana who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 15

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) EDEN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Eden.htm

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
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The Homer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Homer Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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